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Brief Published: 6 Nov 2012

Transformable Workbays by Vitra


Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra has collaborated with French design duo Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec on a new concept – Workbays – conceived to help redefine the traditional office environment.

Unveiled at the Orgatec 2012 office fair in Cologne, Germany, Workbays comprises modular wall components in two different heights, which can be built up or out and moved around swiftly to suit the user’s requirements. 

A noise-buffering feature has been incorporated into the felt-like material the components are made of to help absorb excess noise in the surrounding area – making the components ideal for creating a retreat space in the middle of an office.

Workbays is part of a larger range of office products that Vitra has curated under the umbrella of the Citizen Office, based on the premise that the contemporary workplace can no longer function productively as a static environment. For example, according to a statistic on Vitra’s website (taken from a report by the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering), only 39% of European office workers now constantly work at the same desk.  

For more information on how office spaces are evolving to adapt to the new work environment, see our report The Transformable Workspace.

For a deeper insight into how sound is becoming an increasingly important factor in spatial design, see Sound & Space: Sonic Design for Complete Experiences.


Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec